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Alysia Myette

Alysia Myette Contract Lecturer, School of Performance Course: THP 333 – Costume: Special Topics Strategy: Creating virtual spaces for creative work Teaching a course that normally requires a studio with industrial equipment and materials online can be challenging.  Alysia Myette took on this challenge by first revisiting the assignments so that students could use the […]

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Rai Reece

Rai Reece Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology Course: SOC 507 – Race and Ethnicity in Canadian Society Strategy: Informal check-ins Rai Reece is an educator who feels most at home in a physical classroom where she can feed off the energy of her students. When moving to remote teaching, she wanted to preserve this energy. […]

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Jenn McArthur

Jenn McArthur Associate Professor, Department of Architectural Science Course: ASC 522 – Project Economics Strategy: Interspersing content delivery with “brain reset questions” There’s only so much our brains can take in before we need a break or change in focus. In Jenn McArthur’s classes, she uses “brain reset questions” to stimulate discussion and break up content […]

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Janie Goldstein

Janie Goldstein Lecturer, Department of Entrepreneurship & Strategy Courses: ENT 501/CENT 501 – Family Business in Canada Strategy: Offering multiple engagement opportunities Janie Goldstein’s approach to remote learning was to make live classes as engaging and interactive as possible. Each week, she would start by asking students what words came to mind related to that […]

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Michael Raby

Dr. Michael Raby Contract Lecturer, Department of English Course: ENG 201: Myth and Literature Strategy: Virtual discussion groups Michael Raby started teaching in the Department of English at Ryerson during the COVID-19 pandemic. As he prepared to teach Myth and Literature, he took into consideration the unique situation his students were in: isolated from their peers, […]

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Vincent Hui

Vincent Hui Associate Professor, Department of Architectural Science Course: ACS 301: Studio Strategy: Recreating studio culture in an online environment Providing students with the tools they needed to complete architectural assignments from home during the pandemic was a challenge. However, Vincent’s main concern was how to preserve the studio culture in a remote teaching environment. […]

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Danielle Lamb

Danielle Lamb Assistant Professor, School of Business Management Course: MHR 523 – Human Resources Management Strategy: Weekly reflections Danielle and her teaching colleague wanted to find a way to ensure all students could receive participation marks, even if they couldn’t attend class. In person, students would hand in short reflections on index cards at the […]

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Beverlee Buzon

Beverlee Buzon Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry & Biology Course: BMS 500 – Human Genetics Strategy: Themed learning groups In Beverlee Buzon’s fourth-year human genetics class, the students had rarely met each other before stepping into the classroom. She noticed this led students to feel shy about contributing to class discussions and asking questions. To […]

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Medhat Shehata

Dr. Medhat Shehata Professor, Department of Civil Engineering Course: CVL 533 – Concrete Materials Strategy: Lab video demonstrations With much of the learning traditionally occurring in labs within his department, Medhat Shehata had to find a creative solution to mimic the in person experience in a remote environment. However, instead of applying a perfect solution, he deliberately […]

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Ian Young

Ian Young Assistant Professor, School of Occupational and Public Health Course: POH 103 – Data Management Strategy: Custom video tutorials As part of the Blended Learning Lab, Ian developed two weeks of asynchronous modules using a combination of video tutorials from LinkedIn Learning and practice files to teach students the fundamentals of using Microsoft Excel […]

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Noel George

Dr. Noel A. George Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry & Biology Course: CHY 103: General Chemistry I Strategy: Creative approaches to assessments It took multiple strategies to make General Chemistry 1 work for 800 first-year students attending classes remotely. First, Noel George wanted to ensure all students had the scientific knowledge they needed before starting […]